The Cannonball Run
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The Cannonball Run
United States / Hong Kong 1981

Directed by
Hal Needham

Farrah Fawcett
Terry Bradshaw
Bert Convy
Jamie Farr
George Furth
Rick Aviles
John Fiedler
Valerie Perrine
Hal Needham
Running time:95 minutes
Country:United States
Hong Kong

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The plot of a cross-country road race is based on an actual event, the Cannonball Baker Sea to Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, organized by Brock Yates to protest the 55 mph speed limit then in effect in the U.S. The Cannonball was named for Erwin G. "Cannonball" Baker, who in the roaring 20's rode his motorcycle across the country. Many of the characters are based on ruses developed by real Cannonball racers over the several years that the event was run.

Film programs
Cinema Programm nr. 24

Articles with substantial mentioning of The Cannonball Run
David Wain, Guilty pleasures, in: Filmcomment, nr. 3 (May/June), 2012 pp. 12-13